The Health Effects of Tiredness

Tiredness is something that affects the vast majority of us at one stage or another and when it does strike, it can have lots of knock on effects in our daily lives as well as our overall levels of health. That includes our physical as well as mental states so it is something that must be tacked head on. It is very difficult to function at full capacity when you are tired, no matter what kind of job you do or what tasks you need to do. So this article is going to take a look at this and see what can be done.

Lack of Sleep

It won't surprise anyone to hear that lack of sleep is the biggest cause of tiredness, but many people still suffer this condition even though they believe they are getting enough sleep. Well, there are many reasons why that may not be true, such as disturbed sleep where a person is woken briefly several times every night, but as they go straight back to sleep again, they generally don't remember being woken and then wonder why they feel tired and lethargic the following day.

Whatever the cause of the lack of quality, undisturbed nightly sleep, the result is a day that is difficult to get through because everything seems like such hard work when your brain feels a little fuzzy and you don't seem to be able to concentrate properly or to have the patience to work out simple problems or deal with problematic people diplomatically.

All this can affect overall health in many ways, from the obvious lethargy and listlessness to more serious problems where the daytime tiredness persists for a long time. It begets a cycle of being tired all day and then not being able to get to sleep at night because you're worrying about not being able to sleep!

Self Relaxation Techniques

This is where self relaxation techniques come in very useful, such as meditation to calm stress and eliminate the constant thoughts that invade the time when we need to be still, quiet and silent in mind. Yoga and other similar forms of breathing exercises also help, as does the oriental exercise routine Tai Chi.

If you are working on a computer for long hours every day, it's a good idea to stop working a few hours before you are due to go to bed to allow your thoughts to quieten. It helps to avoid caffeine and alcohol for several hours before going to bed and instead drinking a herbal tea such as camomile, lemon balm (melissa), or valerian and hops as these are natural sleep inducements that are gentle on the system and harmless.

Pleasant dreams!